Why Is Pawan Missing In Action?

The sudden disappearance of power star and Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan from hectic political activity in Andhra Pradesh is said to be causing a lot of frustration among the party cadres.After withdrawing from his tour in West Godavari abruptly a couple of weeks ago, there has been no message or action plan from Pawan to the party cadre at the field level.

The party office first said Pawan had deferred his tour programme on account of heavy rains and floods in West Godavari and then later, attributed his absence to his eye surgery. It said doctors had advised Pawan to take rest.Yet, Pawan has been making his appearance on one or two occasions, for example at his mega brother Chiranjeevi’s residence last week. Occasionally, he makes his presence felt through his social media postings.

What has surprised the party cadre in Andhra Pradesh is the way he is evincing interest in the elections in Telangana.On every alternate day, there is a press release from his office stating that Pawan wants his party leaders to gear up to face the early elections in Telangana.

He even appointed committees to identify candidates for the Telangana assembly elections.

But what about Andhra Pradesh?

The man, who has been staking claim for power as an alternative force to the Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress party is missing in action at crucial situations.He has not made any effort so far to develop a network of cadre from grassroots level to the top. May be he is thinking that his fans and that of his brother, besides the cadre of the Left parties would be enough to do the groundwork for the party.

A party leader, who is utterly frustrated with Pawan Kalyan, said unless there is a series of meetings by the party chief, there will be no momentum in the party.“As of now, we are not ready for the battle. Since the elections are hardly a few months away, it is time we gear up to build the network across the length and breadth of the state,” he said.